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| September 1, 2021 |

SIGNS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE

Since most of us spend the majority of our day at work with our co-workers, it is important to take notice if a coworker has a change in productivity or attendance. While the signs below could be depression, other mental health issues or a medical condition, it is helpful to know they might be signs of substance abuse too.

  • Being late to work, often with no explanation
  • Leaving work early
  • Making mistakes on easy tasks
  • Falling asleep on the job
  • Taking longer and longer lunch breaks
  • Going to the bathroom more often
  • Using all their days off or sick time
  • Having problems meeting deadlines

They might also have a change in personality, behavior, or appearance. You may see that they:

  • Pay less attention to hygiene than they used to
  • Are antisocial, especially if they used to be outgoing
  • Are more moody or angry
  • Have dilated pupils
  • Have a runny nose
  • Mention suicidal thoughts
  • Tell lies about themselves
  • Loss or gain weight unexpectedly
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts at inappropriate time

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